A Melbourne-based refugee soccer player has pleaded for Australia to not forget him if he's deported to his native Bahrain following an arrest in Thailand.
A refugee soccer player who lives in Australia fears he will be tortured if he's deported to Bahrain from Thailand, where he was arrested while on holiday.
Hakeem AlAraibi, 25, was detained at Bangkok airport on November 27 on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain.
AlAraibi, who plays for semi-professional Pascoe Vale in the National Premier Leagues Victoria, is expected to face court on Friday as Thai immigration authorities proceed with extradition to Bahrain.
"This might be my last message. I still don't know whether I will be deported to Bahrain," AlAraibi said.
"If I am deported to Bahrain, don't forget me."
In 2014, AlAraibi was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for allegedly vandalising a police station in Bahrain, which he denies.
He says he was overseas playing a televised match when the police station vandalism occurred.
Before his arrest, he had been holidaying in Thailand with his wife and was due to fly back to Melbourne.
Australia's ambassador in Bangkok, Paul Stephen, has spoken to Thailand's immigration chief Surachate Hakparn about AlAraibi's case.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said diplomats continued to make strong representations.
"He has been visited by our officials in Thailand and we are grateful to the Thai authorities for the support that they are providing to him and we hope that we can see a swift decision that will ensure his future safety," she told reporters in Bali.
"We are seeking advice from the Thai authorities as to his status."
Her department declined to comment further.
Soccer's international governing body FIFA said via a spokesman that it "supports the calls for the Thai authorities to allow Mr AlAraibi to return to Australia where he currently enjoys refugee status at the earliest possible moment."
AlAraibi fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status in November 2017.
His visa allows him to remain in Australia indefinitely and to travel to and from the country, so long as he does not travel to Bahrain.
AlAraibi has been openly critical of the Bahraini government, speaking about an incident where he was allegedly tortured by Bahraini authorities in 2012.
Pascoe Vale club president Lou Tona said the club heard from him via a text message on Friday morning.
Mr Tona said the club was allowed to sign AlAraibi as if he was Australian due to his permanent residency.
"He no longer falls under the visa rule so we re-signed him this year," Tona told AAP.
"We've been trying to help him for more than a week now but it's finally starting to get some traction.
"It was his first holiday with his wife (since coming to Australia) ... he's just a really unassuming kid."